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Sony Ericsson W595 - Sony Ericsson W595

Battery life was reasonable. I got six and a half hours of music from a full charge. Sony Ercisson quotes up to nine hours of GSM talk and 385 hours on standby. I easily got a couple of days between charges with this phone.
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There is a front-facing camera for video calls, while the main camera shoots at up to 3.2-megapixels. The main camera doesn't include autofocus or flash. If your subject is even slightly moving you should expect blurring. I also found it keen to over-expose. The yellow flowers are an example. The chair is uniformly white, though, and indoors the camera performed quite well. The coloured dish is really vibrant.
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There is lot of software which makes this attractive for a mid-range phone. Walk Mate uses the motion sensor to provide a pedometer tracking you towards a 10,000 steps a day goal. An FM radio augments the music player, there is a unit converter, five alarms, calendar, task manager, sound recorder, notes taker, timer, stopwatch, calculator, pass-coded memo, and, of course, a web browser. All this alongside Sony Ericsson favourites like TrackID, VideoDJ, PhotoDJ and MusicDJ.

Mast triangulation is used in conjunction with the built-in Google Maps. It claims 800 metres accuracy which, when you think about it, is almost a kilometre and not much good for tracking anything. It's fine for pinpointing a location, but useless for helping you get to them.

Verdict

This is a very nicely built handset with a strong range of features. Sony Ericsson has proved that mid-range handsets can be very competent. Anyone producing mediocre fare in this segment of the market needs to look and learn.

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